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Albany County

  • Countywide Health Insurance: Studying the feasibility of consolidating health insurance for county and municipal employees
  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level
  • Countywide Tax Collection: Exploring potential to unify tax collection activities at the county level
  • Procurement: Exploring an online contract database and cooperative bidding/purchasing tool in conjunction with Rockland and Orange Counties, the Town of Cortland, and Capital Region BOCES
  • Purchasing Cooperative: Considering expansion of inter-county cooperative that was established in 2006

Allegany County

  • 211 Community Service Referral System: Seeking to establish a unified community service information and referral system with Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates counties
  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level
  • Countywide Tax Collection: Exploring potential to unify tax collection activities at the county level
  • Village Dissolution: Studying dissolution of Village of Belmont

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Broome County

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level
  • Countywide Health Insurance Consortium: Studying the feasibility of consolidating health insurance for county and municipal employees
  • Countywide Highway Service Consolidation: Exploring consolidation of municipal and county highway services at the county level
  • Countywide Tax Collection: Exploring potential to unify tax collection activities at the county level
  • Justice Court Consolidation: Examining consolidation of municipal and county court functions and facilities
  • Parks & Recreation Consolidation: Exploring shared services across municipal boundaries
  • Police Consolidation: Exploring the consolidation of urban core police units, including Binghamton, Johnson City, Endicott, Vestal and/or Port Dickinson
  • School District Consolidation: Considering options for consolidating school districts at the county level
  • Village Dissolution: Exploring dissolution of all villages

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Cattaraugus County

  • Water System Consolidation: Village and Town of Ellicottville are exploring a shared water system

Cayuga County

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level

  • Countywide Tax Collection: Exploring potential to unify tax collection activities at the county level

  • Fire District Consolidation: Exploring creation of a unified fire authority that would include the County, City of Auburn, and five towns (city has a full-time fire force, while the towns have volunteers)

  • Water and Sewer System Consolidation: Considering consolidation of services provided to the County, City of Auburn and five towns

Chautauqua County

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment function at the county level

  • Countywide Tax Collection: Exploring potential to unify tax collection activities at the county level

  • Highway Service Consolidation: Studying options for improved efficiency across municipal boundaries

  • Police Consolidation: Sharing services between City of Jamestown Police Department and the County Sheriff's Department

  • Water System Consolidation: Analyzing options for a shared water system

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Chemung County

  • 211 Community Service Referral System: Seeking to establish a unified community service information and referral system with Allegany, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates Counties

  • Countywide Tax Collection: Exploring potential to unify tax collection activities at the county level

  • Fire Service Consolidation: Developing a Fire Service Merger Commission to study the sharing of equipment and personnel on a countywide basis

  • Highway Service Consolidation: Following a study conducted by Cornell, the county is considering the establishment of an intermunicipal highway services special district

  • Information Technology Consolidation: Exploring the potential benefits of consolidating the data processing and IT service departments of the City of Elmira and the County

  • Justice Court Consolidation: Exploring opportunities to consolidate court functions and/or share court facilities among the Towns of Big Flats, Southport, Catlin, Horseheads, and Village of Horseheads

  • Public Works Consolidation: Service sharing between the City of Elmira and the County

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Chenango County

  • City-Town Consolidation: Exploring potential for merger of the City and Town of Norwich

  • Countywide Highway Services: Evaluating options for sharing services or consolidating departments

Clinton County

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level

  • Countywide Tax Collection: Exploring potential to unify tax collection activities at the county level

Columbia County

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level

  • Countywide Tax Collection: Exploring potential to unify tax collection activities at the county level

  • Snow Removal Efficiency: Exploring options to improve efficiency of plowing and related services

Cortland County

  • City-Town Consolidation: Exploring potential for the merger of City of Cortland and Town of Cortlandville

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level

  • Countywide Tax Collection: Exploring potential to unify tax collection activities at the county level

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Delaware County

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level

  • Countywide Tax Collection: Exploring potential to unify tax collection activities at the county level

  • Highway Services Consolidation: Village of Delhi Public Works Department with the Town of Delhi Highway Department are exploring potential consolidation

Dutchess County

  • Justice Court Facility Consolidation: Examining opportunities for consolidating municipal and county court facilities

  • Conservation Easement Administration: Dutchess County Planning Department, in cooperation with the Northern Dutchess Alliance, is working to develop an intermunicipal administrative framework for implementing and enforcing conservation easement requirements

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Erie County

  • Countywide Emergency Dispatch: Considering consolidation of twenty-four public safety answering points into one operation

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level

  • Countywide Tax Collection: Exploring potential to unify tax collection activities at the county level

  • Health Insurance Consolidation: City of Buffalo is exploring consolidation of health insurance for employees across city-related entities, including the City itself, the Buffalo Board of Education, the Buffalo Sewer Authority, and the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority

  • Technology Services Consolidation: Consolidating Erie and Niagara Counties’ Geographic Information Systems and services

  • Smart Growth: Exploring creation of a local law to link approval of new multi-family developments (except for senior developments) to adequacy of school facilities and other public facilities

  • Water/Sewer System Oversight: Creating a regional watershed and infrastructure coalition, including the City of Buffalo, the Buffalo Sewer Authority, and the Erie County Department of Environment & Planning – to identify regional solutions to overflows by preparing regional infrastructure improvement plans and seeking joint funding

  • Water System Consolidation: Consideration of a "lease management agreement” between the County Water Authority and Town of Colden to eliminate testing and monitoring costs in Colden Water District No. 1

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Essex County

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level

  • Countywide Tax Collection: Exploring potential to unify tax collection activities at the county level

  • Regional Emergency Facility: Town of Westport and Westport Fire District exploring a shared facility to jointly service the fire department, ambulance service, public works department, and municipal offices

  • Shared Financial Officer: Establishing a shared municipal accounting officer for the villages of Lake Placid and Saranac Lake to improve oversight and planning

Franklin County

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of municipal assessment functions at the county

  • Countywide Tax Collection: Exploring potential to unify tax collection activities at the county level

  • Justice Court Consolidation: Considering consolidation of the Town and Village of Malone justice courts

  • Shared Code Enforcement: Studying potential for consolidation of Town and Village of Malone code enforcement functions

  • Coterminous Government: Town of Harrietstown and Village of Saranac Lake investigating the creation of coterminous boundaries and governments

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Fulton County

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level

  • Countywide Tax Collection: Exploring potential to unify tax collection activities at the county level

  • Infrastructure: Removing administrative obstacles currently faced by the County Municipal Demolition Team, which removes dilapidated structures for economic improvement purposes, safety concerns, and to improve quality of life

Genesee County

  • City-Town Consolidation: Exploring potential for the merger of the City and Town of Batavia

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level

  • Countywide Emergency Dispatch: Considering consolidation of three public safety answering points (City of Batavia, Village of LeRoy and the County) into one countywide E-911 Emergency Call Center

  • Youth Bureau Consolidation: Consolidation of the Genesee County and City of Batavia Youth Bureaus into a single entity that would function under a countywide youth board

  • Regional Board of Health: Genesee County and Orleans County Public Health Departments exploring establishment of a joint board of health and hiring of one public health director to oversee the two departments

  • Justice Court Consolidation: Considering consolidation opportunities among several justice courts

  • Water System Consolidation: Entering second phase of water infrastructure project shared by Monroe County and Genesee County

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Hamilton County

  • Village Dissolution: Studying the dissolution of the Village of Speculator into the Town of Lake Pleasant

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level

  • Countywide Tax Collection: Exploring potential to unify tax collection activities under the county

Herkimer County

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level

  • Highway Services: Exploring options for various highway-related functions

Jefferson County

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level

  • Police Consolidation: Studying the potential consolidation of the Village of Carthage and Village of West Carthage police departments

  • Justice Court Consolidation: Exploring opportunities to consolidate court functions and/or share court facilities among the Villages of Carthage and West Carthage

Lewis County

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level

  • Countywide Tax Collection: Exploring potential to unify tax collection activities at the county level

  • Shared Highway Service Facility: Exploring a shared facility for County, Town of Lowville, Village of Lowville, Lowville Academy and Central School District

  • Water and Sewer System Consolidation: Studying feasibility of consolidating water and sewer infrastructure/services under a regional authority

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Livingston County

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level

  • Countywide Health Insurance: Studying the feasibility of consolidating health insurance for county and municipal employees

  • Countywide Tax Collection: Exploring potential to unify tax collection activities at the county level

Madison County

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level

  • Countywide Tax Collection: Exploring potential to unify tax collection activities under the county treasurer or finance department

Monroe County

  • Countywide Health Insurance: Exploring potential of a pooled health insurance plan for county and municipal employees

Montgomery County

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level

  • Countywide Health Insurance: Exploring consolidation of health insurance for public employees among County, City of Amsterdam, Fulton-Montgomery Community College, and the surrounding towns and villages – may extend to schools and adjacent counties

  • Countywide Tax Collection: Exploring potential to unify tax collection activities at the county level

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Nassau County

  • Water System Infrastructure: Analyzing possible consolidation of all water districts and private water companies in the county

  • Parks/Road Maintenance: Exploring options for efficient maintenance of parks and roads

  • Consolidation of Sanitation Districts: Examining whether existing sanitation services could be provided by three town-run sanitation districts rather than multiple independent sanitation districts

  • Library District Consolidation: Exploring creation of a countywide public library district to replace the current decentralized system and achieve greater efficiencies, while enhancing or maintaining current service levels

  • Sharing/Consolidation of School District Back Office Functions: Studying options for school districts to share and consolidate administrative functions, including non-public school transportation, maintenance, bonding, insurance services, printing/graphics and other functions

  • Sewer System Infrastructure Consolidation: Exploring consolidation of county’s remaining sewer collection and services and infrastructure

  • Special District Restructuring: Seeking to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, transparency and accountability of commissioner-run special districts

  • Fire District Collaboration: Proposing that the Long Island Regional Planning Board explore governance of fire districts regionally in Nassau and Suffolk Counties

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Niagara County

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level

  • Technology Services Consolidation: Consolidating Erie and Niagara Counties’ Geographic Information Systems and services

Oneida County

  • Shared Financial Officer: Considering a shared municipal accounting officer for the towns of Whitestown and New Hartford to improve oversight and planning

Onondaga County

  • Countywide Tax Collection: Seeking State legislation to permit voluntary arrangements between municipalities and counties that could realign tax collection responsibilities

  • Economic Development Consolidation: Studying consolidation of the County and City of Syracuse economic development offices, as well as the possibility of creating a jointly funded not-for-profit organization for economic development purposes

  • Police Consolidation: Town of Clay is exploring the potential of contracting with the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department for policing services

  • Purchasing Consolidation: Examining options for consolidating the County and City of Syracuse purchasing functions

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Ontario County

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level

  • Technology Services Coordination: Cutting edge project with a goal to provide every house, business and institution with fiber optic capacity

Orange County

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level

  • Countywide Tax Collection: Exploring potential to unify tax collection activities at the county level

  • Procurement Services: Exploring an online contract database and cooperative bidding/purchasing tool in conjunction with Albany and Rockland Counties, the Town of Cortland, and Capital Region BOCES

  • Smart Growth: Studying the Middletown-Goshen central portion of the county (including four towns, one village, City of Middletown, and Hamlet of Pine Bush) in regard to water supply and possible shared infrastructure

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Orleans County

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level - county currently contracts with two of the ten towns

  • Countywide Code Enforcement: Studying potential for consolidating municipal code enforcement at the county level

  • Regional Board of Health: Genesee County and Orleans County Public Health Departments exploring establishment of a joint board of health and hiring of one public health director to oversee the department

  • Multi-County Jail Facility: Seeking to partner with nearby counties

Otsego County

  • Flood Control: Helping county leaders address Canadarago Lake flood control issues

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level

  • City-Town Consolidation: Exploring potential for the City and Town of Oneonta to consolidate or share additional services

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Putnam County

  • County-School District Collaboration: Evaluating opportunities to share services with school districts

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level

  • Countywide Tax Collection: Exploring potential to unify tax collection activities at the county level

Rensselaer County

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level

  • Countywide Tax Collection: Exploring potential to unify tax collection activities at the county level

  • Water and Sewer System Consolidation: Seeking to expand countywide water and sewer authority in order to extend infrastructure to underserved areas of county

Rockland County

  • Procurement: Exploring an online contract database and cooperative bidding/purchasing tool in conjunction with Albany and Orange Counties, the Town of Cortland, and Capital Region BOCES

  • Stormwater Drainage System Consolidation: Exploring options for consolidating intermunicipal storm water drainage system functions among Town of Orangetown, Village of South Nyack, Village of Nyack, Village of Grandview-on-Hudson and Village of Piermont

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St. Lawrence County

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level

  • Countywide Code Enforcement: Evaluating consolidation of municipal code enforcement at the county level

  • Countywide Tax Collection: Exploring potential to unify tax collection activities under the county

  • Highway Service Consolidation: Studying potential to consolidate municipal highway services at the county level

  • Justice Court Consolidation: Exploring opportunities to consolidate municipal courts

Schenectady County

  • Countywide Emergency Dispatch: Considering consolidation of 24 public safety answering points into one operation

  • Fire Department Vehicle Maintenance: County is seeking to collaborate on maintenance services with 23 volunteer fire departments

  • Highway Equipment Collaboration: Creating a countywide road machinery division responsible for the purchase, maintenance and allocation of equipment for public works entities throughout the county

  • Consolidated Water and Sewer Departments: The Village of Scotia and Town of Glenville are investigating the possible consolidation of the village and town water departments

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Schoharie County

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level

  • Countywide Code Enforcement: Consolidating municipal code enforcement, as well as floodplain administration, at the county level

Schuyler County

  • 211 Community Service Referral System: Seeking to establish a unified community service information and referral system with Allegany, Chemung, Steuben and Yates Counties

  • Code Enforcement/Land Use Planning: Evaluating potential for consolidation of code/planning functions at the county level

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level

  • Countywide Fire and Emergency Services: Considering creation of a countywide fire protection district

  • Justice Court Consolidation: Exploring opportunities to establish a District Court using county facilities – includes Village of Watkins Glen and Town of Dix and could expand to other town courts

  • Smart Growth: Seeking to develop an Ecological Master Plan for county to identify opportunities for eco-tourism and agri-tourism

  • Water and Sewer System Consolidation: Studying countywide consolidation of both systems

  • Weights and Measures Consolidation: Exploring coordination of weights and measures services with Steuben and Yates Counties

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Seneca County

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level

  • Countywide Highway Services/Equipment: Evaluating options for sharing highway services and equipment among the municipalities and county

  • Countywide Zoning and Code Enforcement: Studying potential for consolidating municipal code enforcement and zoning at the county level

Steuben County

  • 211 Community Service Referral System: Seeking to establish a unified community service information and referral system with Allegany, Chemung, Schuyler and Yates  Counties

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level

  • Countywide Tax Collection: Exploring potential to unify tax collection activities at the county level

  • Weights and Measures Consolidation: Exploring coordination of weights and measures services with Schuyler and Yates Counties

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Suffolk County

  • Cash Management and Investment Functions: Seeking consolidation of the cash management/investment functions of county, town, school district, and other municipal units through the formation of a municipal investment pool (MIP)

  • Comprehensive Roadway Plan: Studying the coordination of overlapping jurisdictions to promote cooperation and consistency in comprehensive plans and roadway decisions

  • Health Insurance Consortium: Studying feasibility of county and school districts jointly purchasing employee health and pharmaceutical insurance – may extend to towns and villages within the county

  • Shared County/School District Purchasing: Exploring creation of a consortium for the procurement of laborers, workman and mechanics on public works projects in excess of $20,000 - also seeking to remove legal obstacles regarding practices for procurement of skilled labor and pubic works projects over $20,000

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Sullivan County

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level

  • Countywide Tax Collection: Exploring potential to unify tax collection activities at the county level

  • Countywide Tax Collection: Seeking a pilot project for county collection of taxes for six villages, possibly extending to towns, villages and school districts

  • Cooperative Purchasing: County exploring expansion of cooperative purchasing beyond existing salt and fuel agreements

  • Regional Power Cooperative: Exploring potential to purchase power collectively in order to reduce costs of electricity and other energy sources

  • Regional Jails: Seeking opportunities to share jail facilities for county prisoners sentenced for less than a year for a misdemeanor

Tioga County

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level

  • School District Consolidation: Considering options for consolidating school districts at the county level

  • Countywide Tax Collection: Exploring potential to unify tax collection activities at the county level

  • Fire District Consolidation: Exploring merger into one county fire district

  • Highway Service Consolidation: Studying potential to consolidate municipal highway services at the county level

  • Information Technology Coordination: Considering potential of a unified information technology network among municipalities and the county

  • Municipal Restructuring: Council of Governments exploring options for county dissolution (with portions joining neighboring counties), as well as other restructuring options

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Tompkins County

  • Countywide Health Insurance: Seeking to alleviate legal barriers for a proposed Tompkins County Council of Governments Health Care Consortium to provide employee health care insurance

  • Smart Growth: Creating development plans (including infrastructure and design standards) for nodal centers of growth within the county

  • Justice Court Consolidation: Studying the feasibility for merger of local justice courts

  • Smart Growth: Seeking state action to advance the county’s Comprehensive Plan

  • Criminal Justice Information: Pursuing information sharing and cooperation among criminal justice agencies in Tompkins County

Ulster County

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level

  • Countywide Tax Collection: Exploring potential to unify tax collection activities at the county level

  • Stormwater (MS4) Management Consolidation: Exploring options for consolidating separate municipal stormwater systems

  • Economic Development Consolidation: Analyzing consolidation of municipal economic development efforts and exploring the potential to align tourism activities with neighboring counties

  • Highway Services Coordination: Studying possible sharing, collaboration, merger of highway functions among municipalities and county

  • Regional Social Services: Considering establishment of an inter-county social service agency

  • Regional Jails: Seeking opportunities to merge jail facilities with nearby counties

  • Recycling Operation Consolidation: Analyzing opportunities to form a shared resource recovery agency with other counties

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Warren County

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level

  • Regional Emergency Facilities: Exploring a shared regional emergency training center with Washington County

  • Village Dissolution: Exploring the dissolution of the Village of Lake George

Washington County

  • Community Shared Health Insurance: Exploring creation of a community cooperative health insurance program

  • Countywide Tax Collection: Exploring potential to unify tax collection activities at the county level

  • Regional Emergency Facilities: Exploring a shared regional emergency training center with Warren County

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment function at the county level

Wayne County

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level

  • Countywide Code Enforcement: Studying feasibility of consolidating municipal code enforcement at the county level

  • Technology Services Consolidation: Exploring implementation of a shared county-municipal geographic information system for mapping, planning and other functions

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Westchester County

  • Property Tax Reform: Assisting the Westchester County Association study of property tax reform

  • Technology Services Consolidation: The Westchester County Department of Information Technology is partnering with the state to expand disaster recovery resources for information technology systems

Wyoming County

  • Countywide Assessing: Exploring consolidation of assessment at the county level
  • Countywide Tax Collection: Exploring potential to unify tax collection activities under the county treasurer or finance department

Yates County

  • 211 Community Service Referral System: Seeking to establish a unified community service information and referral system with Allegany, Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben Counties

  • Justice Court Consolidation: Considering transfer of village court operations to the county courthouse

  • Police Consolidation: Studying potential for Village of Penn Yan to consolidate its police department with the County Sheriff's Department

  • Smart Growth: Developing shared plan for Keuka Lake waterfront lying in the Village of Penn Yan, Town of Milo and Town of Jerusalem

  • Regional Weights and Measures: Exploring coordination of weights and measures services with Schuyler and Steuben Counties

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